Getting from Malaga to Nerja Travel Guide
Nerja, situated in southern Spain on the Costa del Sol coastline in Andalucia, is a relaxed and laid back resort town known for it’s stunning coast and beautiful beaches.
Despite so many choices available along this coast of Spain, Nerja remains a firm favourite for many holiday makers. And with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder.
Head to the stunning beaches, or visit the Nerja Caves or perhaps take a lazy walk along the Balcón de Europa which offers up some of the best views in Nerja, overlooking the Mediterranean.
If you are planning a visit to this Andalucia gem, then you will most probably be flying into Malaga’s Costa Del Sol Airport which happens to be the nearest to Nerja.
In this guide I will outline exactly how you can travel from Malaga to Nerja in Spain, covering all available modes of transport.
Journey Duration: No service
If you are searching online for a train connecting Nerja to Malaga then you likely won’t find anything in your search results. This is because currently there is no actual Malaga to Nerja train service that connects these two cities.
If travelling between these two destinations, and you would prefer to make use of public transport, then you would have to consider taking the Malaga to Nerja bus instead.
I’ll discuss this option down below in more detail.
Malaga to Nerja Bus
Journey Duration: Ranges between 50 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes.
One of the ways that you may consider travelling between the two cities would be to take a bus service. The Malaga Nerja bus is operated by the coach company known as ALSA.
Starting from around 07:00 am in the morning, this bus service runs several departure times throughout the day and up until as late as 23:00 pm at night departing from Malaga.
Similarly, on the return, ALSA’s Nerja Malaga bus service starts departures out of Nerja from around 06:30 am in the morning, with the last bus leaving Nerja at around 21:45 pm.
Currently, a one-way ticket on this bus route costs €4.65. It is the same price regardless if you have booked the quicker or longer journey time.
Malaga Bus Station – If you’re catching the bus out of Malaga it’s very important to note which ALSA bus you booked as there are different departure points depending on which bus you selected.
Malaga’s main bus terminal is the Estación de Autobuses de Malaga. The closest metro being El Perchel and it is located right next to the Maria Zambrano train station. So, it’s fairly easy to get to.
The other bus departure point in Malaga is from the Port (Puerto Malaga). It is the Estacio Autobuses Malaga situated in Avenida Manuel Augustin Heredia and is only around 8 minutes walking distance (650 metres) from the Centro Alameda metro station.
Top Tip: When booking online through ALSA’s website, there is an option to view the itinerary and when clicking on the departure name it will show you a map with the actual location, which is quite handy.
Nerja Bus Station – When arriving into or departing from Nerja you will find the Nerja bus station located in Avenida de Pescia. In fact, you can simply search for “ALSA Nerja” on Google maps, you’ll easily find the exact location this way.
Malaga Airport to Nerja
If you are arriving into Malaga Costa Del Sol airport and planning a trip to Nerja directly from the airport, then you may consider the following options:
Bus from Malaga Airport to Nerja:
Unfortunately, the ALSA bus services to Nerja do not have any direct departures from the airport. As such you would need to make your way to one of the bus stations from which they do depart.
The easiest route would be to catch the C1 Renfe train that links the airport with the city centre. You would take the train directly from the airport and head towards the Malaga María Zambrano station which is right next door to the bus station. This trip by train should take about 8 mins.
Taxi from Malaga Airport to Nerja:
The distance from Malaga to Nerja is approximately 70 kilometres and journey time should be in and around 45 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes depending on traffic.
Given the distance, it’s probably understandable that a one-way taxi ride rate may not work out to be the cheapest option. According to the Taxi Union site the expected fare to take a taxi from Malaga to Nerja should be between €92 – €110.
It’s a good idea to compare the taxi services versus other cab hailing options such as Uber. Although in many cases Uber doesn’t actually work out cheaper. So be sure to compare in order to get the best fare.
Tip: Read all the tips & advice on catching a taxi on the Malaga Airport transport page for more details as well as important hints and suggestions.
Private Transfer from Malaga Airport to Nerja
An alternative to getting a Malaga to Nerja taxi would be to pre-book a private transfer service instead. It’s a great option for those wanting to know that their driver will be waiting for them at the airport’s arrivals, ready to transfer them to their destination.
If you are interested in booking a Malaga to Nerja transfer then have a look at Welcome Pickups, through whom you can pre-book directly and online.
Currently, when looking up this particular route, they are quoting a rate of €76 one-way. This does of course also depend on your dates and times.
Driving from Malaga to Nerja by Car
Where to stay & What to do in Nerja
Whether you are planning to travel from Malaga to Nerja by bus, taxi, private transfer or rather prefer driving yourself, getting between these two Andalusia destinations should not be a problem at all.
If you’ve followed our travel guide or have already done this journey yourself, then please feel free to comment and give us your thoughts & tips. Any suggestions or advice that I may have missed out will also be very welcome.